Table of contents


Part I: Journeying into Criminology 

  • 1 - Becoming a student
  • 2 - What is the study of criminology?

Part II: Exploring Crime 

  • 3 - What is ‘crime’?
  • 4 - What is ‘justice’?
  • 5 - Crime statistics
  • 6 - How does criminology 'know' about crime?
  • 7 - Crime and the media
  • 8 - Victimology and hate crime
  • 9 - Explaining youth crime and youth justice
  • 10 - Race, ethnicities, and the criminal justice system
  • 11 - Gender, crime and feminist criminology

Part III: Explaining Crime 

  • 12 - Free will, classicism, and rational choice 
  • 13 - Biological and psychological positivism 
  • 14 - Sociological positivism
  • 15 - Critical criminology - part 1 
  • 16 - Critical criminology - part 2
  • 17 - Right and left realism
  • 18 - Integrated theories of crime
  • 19 - Searching for the causes of crime

Part IV: Responding to Crime 

  • 20 - Criminal justice principles
  • 21 - Criminal justice - policy, practice and people
  • 22 - Crime prevention
  • 23 - Crime control, policing, and community safety
  • 24 - Punishment and the idea of 'just deserts'
  • 25 - Rehabilitation of offenders
  • 26 - Alternatives to punishment
  • 27 - Critical perspectives on crime and punishment

Part V: Research in Criminology, and Employability 

  • 28 - Becoming a researcher and knowledge producer
  • 29 - Applying your skills to employability or future study
  • 30 - Journeying into employability and careers

Epilogue: what next? 

You asked, we listened

Over the past few months you've been telling us what you wanted to see in a new criminology textbook. We've listened to your feedback and responded with:

  • a chapter dedicated to youth crime and youth justice (chapter 9)
  • focused coverage of gender and crime in chapter 11
  • a look at representations of crime in chapter 7: crime and the media
  • detailed discussions of the main theories of criminology in part III: explaining crime
  • an introduction to undergraduate-level study to prepare students from day one in part I: journeying into criminology
  • targeted careers and employability guidance to get students thinking about life after university (chapters 29 and 30)